Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about helicopter parents. The thinking among employers seems to be that helicopter parent coddling is an unwelcome (but tolerable) nuisance at best, and a significant hindrance to the employer / employee relationship at worst.
Personally? I love helicopter parents. I think they are wonderful.
1. You can browse her site if you want a clearer picture of why she’s insane, but I think this article serves as a nice enough example. Still, insane or not she is if nothing else entertaining. Penelope Trunk (who as a general rule I think is at least a little insane 1), has a great article on helicopter parenting and why it’s good for children. Long story short? Newly minted college graduates know nothing about interviewing, even less about negotiating a salary / benefits, and the least about being a professional. On the other hand, their parents (who have spent decades in corporate America) know much more about these things and (as such) can more effectively advocate for their children.
Of course employers view new grads not as children but as employees (as they should), and the meddling of helicopter parents creates an unwanted intermediary between two parties that have historically worked directly with one another.
This is not an unfounded criticism, but employers should lighten up and let it go. Helicopter parents will back off eventually. Before doing so, however, they 2. That was at least a little clever, right?want to ensure their little birds know how to fly. 2
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